As part of BBC Scotland’s festive programming, the comedy series that made Gerard Kelly a household name will air this Christmas.
Set in Glasgow, the life of hapless bank clerk Willie Melvin and his hopes of becoming a famous writer have been pursued by City Lights. The series lasted from 1984 to 1991, with Elaine C. Smith, Jonathan Watson, Dave Anderson and Andy Gray starring as well.
“It seemed to find a place in the national psyche…. As one of the first Scottish comedies with a Scottish accent and very visible Scottish actors, it made an impression.”It seemed to find a position in the national psyche…. It made an impression as one of the first Scottish comedies with a Scottish accent and very visible Scottish actors.
In a spoof of the Christmas classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ the series featured a Christmas special starring Billy Connolly as an angel.
The series is also credited with coining the slogan ‘absolute dead genius,’ which was later adopted for its brand advertising by Prestwick Airport.
Until 1991, the sitcom ran for six series and led to two successful stage shows touring Scotland with the original cast.
After a career in which he also took on more serious roles, including PC David Gallagher in Juliet Bravo and soap villains Jimmy in East Enders and Callum Finnegan in Brookside, Gerard Kelly died at the age of 51 in October 2010.